Monthly Archive for May, 2005

STORE WARS

check it!

Friends:

From Free Range Studios, makers of The Meatrix, comes another epic
sci-fi mini-movie not to be missed:

http://www.storewars.org

Meet the heroes of the Organic Rebellion: Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo and   Chewbroccoli. With guidance from wise old Obi Wan Cannoli, this small  band  of vegetable puppets (yes, vegetable puppets) is battling against  Darth  Tader, evil lord of the Dark Side of The Farm.

May the Farm Be With You.

-Gita

the aids walk approaches - 
the ways you can support ending the pandemic abound!
that's the focus of this blog update:

-

email tchaikoomawale@aol.com about donating to the conscious movements
collective documentary Stigma: HIV/AIDS and Youth in NYC!

-

check out www.endaidsnow.org (we endorsed the campaign today)

-

donate to me for the aidswalk (go to www.aidswalk.net/newyork and search team 9124 - LPOV

-

get your org to endorse this letter by emailing tobias@harmreduction.org

May 10, 2005

Ambassador Randall Tobias
Office of the United States Global AIDS Coordinator
US State Department
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20522

Dear Ambassador Tobias:

As the US increases its commitment to global HIV prevention efforts, we
write to express our concern about recent reports that US officials have
questioned the efficacy of needle exchange programs and sought to block
support for needle exchange in United Nations resolutions and policy
documents.  As you know, the sharing of syringes by injection drug users is
a major driver of the AIDS epidemic both in the United States and
internationally.  As researchers, practitioners and representatives of
affected populations, we affirm the important role that needle exchange and
other sterile syringe programs play in helping to avert the spread of
HIV/AIDS.

Outside of Africa, an estimated one-third of new HIV infections are
attributed to injection drug use.  In some countries, the proportion is
even higher.  In Russia, as many as 1.2 million people are living with HIV,
with 75 percent of new infections stemming from injection drug
use.  Injection drug use accounts for the majority of HIV/AIDS cases in
Ukraine, all of the Baltic States, the Central Asian Republics, Indonesia,
Nepal, Iran, and Pakistan.  In China, Vietnam and Malaysia, the majority of
those living with HIV are injection drug users. Often, the vast majority of
those infected are under thirty.  Injection driven HIV epidemics
consistently spread faster than sexually transmitted epidemics such as
those found in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 23 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 2003 were attributed
to injection drug use and/or sex with an injection drug user.  This
percentage is higher for women and African American men.  Of all cases
diagnosed through 2003, 53 percent of cases among women and 43 percent
among African American men were attributed to injection drug use or sex
with an injection drug user.

As the US Public Health Service has noted, for injection drug users who
cannot or will not stop using drugs, using sterile syringes remains the
safest and most effective method of HIV prevention.  Medically appropriate
treatment remains out of reach to the vast majority of drug users who need
it: in the United States, one of the world’s richest countries, over 80
percent of those needing treatment for drug abuse as of 2000, did not have
access to it.  At the same time, extensive evaluation and research has
shown that sterile syringe programs can dramatically decrease the spread of
HIV without increasing drug use.  These programs can additionally provide a
bridge to drug treatment services by offering clients with information and
referrals to treatment providers.  No fewer than seven federally-funded
reviews and reports conducted by public health officials, researchers and
US government agencies have concluded that syringe exchange programs are
effective, safe and cost effective.

The efficacy of syringe exchange has recently been affirmed by the US
government’s top scientists.  In an October 7, 2004 letter to Congress,
Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated,
“Research shows that SEPs [syringe exchange programs], when implemented as
part of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention strategy, can be an effective
public health approach to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood borne
pathogens in the community.” In an August 4, 2004 letter, Director of the
National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora Volkow stated, “The majority of
studies have shown that NEPs/SEPs [needle exchange programs/syringe
exchange programs] are strongly associated with reductions in the spread of
HIV when used as a component of comprehensive approach to HIV prevention…
In addition to decreasing HIV infected needles in circulation through the
physical exchange of syringes, most NEPs/SEPs are part of a comprehensive
HIV prevention effort that may include education on risk reduction, and
referral to drug addiction treatment, job or other social services, and
these interventions may be responsible for a significant part of the
overall effectiveness of NEPs/SEPs. NEPs/SEPs also provide an opportunity
to reach out to populations that are often difficult to engage in treatment.”

In 2004, this consensus was reinforced by the World Health Organization
(WHO), which stated that the available data “present a compelling case that
needle and syringe programs substantially and cost effectively reduce the
spread of HIV among injection drug users and do so without evidence of
exacerbating injecting drug use at either the individual or societal
level.”  The WHO accordingly recommended that “authorities responsible for
areas threatened by or experiencing an epidemic of HIV infection among IDUs
(injection drug users) should adopt measures urgently to increase the
availability and utilization of sterile injecting equipment and expand
implementation to scale as soon as possible.”

As the single largest funder of global HIV/AIDS programs in the world, the
US carries enormous influence in shaping global approaches to the
epidemic.  Even beyond its role as a donor, many look to the United States
for guidance in the design and implementation of their programs.  The fact
that the United States remains the only country in the world to impose an
explicit ban on federal funding of needle exchange already sets a poor
example to other nations battling severe injection-driven HIV/AIDS
epidemics.  It is more critical than ever that US agencies communicate
accurate information about needle exchange, faithfully represent the public
health consensus supporting these programs, and refrain from standing in
the way of countries, and organizations within its own borders, that wish
to pursue this proven, effective method of prevention.  With so many at
risk for HIV, we need all the tools we have.

Sincerely,

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, New York, NY
GMHC, New York, NY
Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY
Housing Works, New York, NY
Human Rights Watch, New York, NY
North American Syringe Exchange Network, Tacoma, WA
League of Pissed Off Voters, New York, NY
Open Society Institute, New York, NY

the aids walk approaches - 
the ways you can support ending the pandemic abound!
that's the focus of this blog update:

-

email tchaikoomawale@aol.com about donating to the conscious movements
collective documentary Stigma: HIV/AIDS and Youth in NYC!

-

check out www.endaidsnow.org (we endorsed the campaign today)

-

donate to me for the aidswalk (go to www.aidswalk.net/newyork and search team 9124 - LPOV

-

get your org to endorse this letter by emailing tobias@harmreduction.org

May 10, 2005

Ambassador Randall Tobias
Office of the United States Global AIDS Coordinator
US State Department
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20522

Dear Ambassador Tobias:

As the US increases its commitment to global HIV prevention efforts, we
write to express our concern about recent reports that US officials have
questioned the efficacy of needle exchange programs and sought to block
support for needle exchange in United Nations resolutions and policy
documents.  As you know, the sharing of syringes by injection drug users is
a major driver of the AIDS epidemic both in the United States and
internationally.  As researchers, practitioners and representatives of
affected populations, we affirm the important role that needle exchange and
other sterile syringe programs play in helping to avert the spread of
HIV/AIDS.

Outside of Africa, an estimated one-third of new HIV infections are
attributed to injection drug use.  In some countries, the proportion is
even higher.  In Russia, as many as 1.2 million people are living with HIV,
with 75 percent of new infections stemming from injection drug
use.  Injection drug use accounts for the majority of HIV/AIDS cases in
Ukraine, all of the Baltic States, the Central Asian Republics, Indonesia,
Nepal, Iran, and Pakistan.  In China, Vietnam and Malaysia, the majority of
those living with HIV are injection drug users. Often, the vast majority of
those infected are under thirty.  Injection driven HIV epidemics
consistently spread faster than sexually transmitted epidemics such as
those found in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 23 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 2003 were attributed
to injection drug use and/or sex with an injection drug user.  This
percentage is higher for women and African American men.  Of all cases
diagnosed through 2003, 53 percent of cases among women and 43 percent
among African American men were attributed to injection drug use or sex
with an injection drug user.

As the US Public Health Service has noted, for injection drug users who
cannot or will not stop using drugs, using sterile syringes remains the
safest and most effective method of HIV prevention.  Medically appropriate
treatment remains out of reach to the vast majority of drug users who need
it: in the United States, one of the world’s richest countries, over 80
percent of those needing treatment for drug abuse as of 2000, did not have
access to it.  At the same time, extensive evaluation and research has
shown that sterile syringe programs can dramatically decrease the spread of
HIV without increasing drug use.  These programs can additionally provide a
bridge to drug treatment services by offering clients with information and
referrals to treatment providers.  No fewer than seven federally-funded
reviews and reports conducted by public health officials, researchers and
US government agencies have concluded that syringe exchange programs are
effective, safe and cost effective.

The efficacy of syringe exchange has recently been affirmed by the US
government’s top scientists.  In an October 7, 2004 letter to Congress,
Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated,
“Research shows that SEPs [syringe exchange programs], when implemented as
part of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention strategy, can be an effective
public health approach to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood borne
pathogens in the community.” In an August 4, 2004 letter, Director of the
National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora Volkow stated, “The majority of
studies have shown that NEPs/SEPs [needle exchange programs/syringe
exchange programs] are strongly associated with reductions in the spread of
HIV when used as a component of comprehensive approach to HIV prevention…
In addition to decreasing HIV infected needles in circulation through the
physical exchange of syringes, most NEPs/SEPs are part of a comprehensive
HIV prevention effort that may include education on risk reduction, and
referral to drug addiction treatment, job or other social services, and
these interventions may be responsible for a significant part of the
overall effectiveness of NEPs/SEPs. NEPs/SEPs also provide an opportunity
to reach out to populations that are often difficult to engage in treatment.”

In 2004, this consensus was reinforced by the World Health Organization
(WHO), which stated that the available data “present a compelling case that
needle and syringe programs substantially and cost effectively reduce the
spread of HIV among injection drug users and do so without evidence of
exacerbating injecting drug use at either the individual or societal
level.”  The WHO accordingly recommended that “authorities responsible for
areas threatened by or experiencing an epidemic of HIV infection among IDUs
(injection drug users) should adopt measures urgently to increase the
availability and utilization of sterile injecting equipment and expand
implementation to scale as soon as possible.”

As the single largest funder of global HIV/AIDS programs in the world, the
US carries enormous influence in shaping global approaches to the
epidemic.  Even beyond its role as a donor, many look to the United States
for guidance in the design and implementation of their programs.  The fact
that the United States remains the only country in the world to impose an
explicit ban on federal funding of needle exchange already sets a poor
example to other nations battling severe injection-driven HIV/AIDS
epidemics.  It is more critical than ever that US agencies communicate
accurate information about needle exchange, faithfully represent the public
health consensus supporting these programs, and refrain from standing in
the way of countries, and organizations within its own borders, that wish
to pursue this proven, effective method of prevention.  With so many at
risk for HIV, we need all the tools we have.

Sincerely,

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, New York, NY
GMHC, New York, NY
Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY
Housing Works, New York, NY
Human Rights Watch, New York, NY
North American Syringe Exchange Network, Tacoma, WA
League of Pissed Off Voters, New York, NY
Open Society Institute, New York, NY

the aids walk approaches - 
the ways you can support ending the pandemic abound!
that's the focus of this blog update:

-

email tchaikoomawale@aol.com about donating to the conscious movements
collective documentary Stigma: HIV/AIDS and Youth in NYC!

-

check out www.endaidsnow.org (we endorsed the campaign today)

-

donate to me for the aidswalk (go to www.aidswalk.net/newyork and search team 9124 - LPOV

-

get your org to endorse this letter by emailing tobias@harmreduction.org

May 10, 2005

Ambassador Randall Tobias
Office of the United States Global AIDS Coordinator
US State Department
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20522

Dear Ambassador Tobias:

As the US increases its commitment to global HIV prevention efforts, we
write to express our concern about recent reports that US officials have
questioned the efficacy of needle exchange programs and sought to block
support for needle exchange in United Nations resolutions and policy
documents.  As you know, the sharing of syringes by injection drug users is
a major driver of the AIDS epidemic both in the United States and
internationally.  As researchers, practitioners and representatives of
affected populations, we affirm the important role that needle exchange and
other sterile syringe programs play in helping to avert the spread of
HIV/AIDS.

Outside of Africa, an estimated one-third of new HIV infections are
attributed to injection drug use.  In some countries, the proportion is
even higher.  In Russia, as many as 1.2 million people are living with HIV,
with 75 percent of new infections stemming from injection drug
use.  Injection drug use accounts for the majority of HIV/AIDS cases in
Ukraine, all of the Baltic States, the Central Asian Republics, Indonesia,
Nepal, Iran, and Pakistan.  In China, Vietnam and Malaysia, the majority of
those living with HIV are injection drug users. Often, the vast majority of
those infected are under thirty.  Injection driven HIV epidemics
consistently spread faster than sexually transmitted epidemics such as
those found in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 23 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 2003 were attributed
to injection drug use and/or sex with an injection drug user.  This
percentage is higher for women and African American men.  Of all cases
diagnosed through 2003, 53 percent of cases among women and 43 percent
among African American men were attributed to injection drug use or sex
with an injection drug user.

As the US Public Health Service has noted, for injection drug users who
cannot or will not stop using drugs, using sterile syringes remains the
safest and most effective method of HIV prevention.  Medically appropriate
treatment remains out of reach to the vast majority of drug users who need
it: in the United States, one of the world’s richest countries, over 80
percent of those needing treatment for drug abuse as of 2000, did not have
access to it.  At the same time, extensive evaluation and research has
shown that sterile syringe programs can dramatically decrease the spread of
HIV without increasing drug use.  These programs can additionally provide a
bridge to drug treatment services by offering clients with information and
referrals to treatment providers.  No fewer than seven federally-funded
reviews and reports conducted by public health officials, researchers and
US government agencies have concluded that syringe exchange programs are
effective, safe and cost effective.

The efficacy of syringe exchange has recently been affirmed by the US
government’s top scientists.  In an October 7, 2004 letter to Congress,
Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated,
“Research shows that SEPs [syringe exchange programs], when implemented as
part of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention strategy, can be an effective
public health approach to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood borne
pathogens in the community.” In an August 4, 2004 letter, Director of the
National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora Volkow stated, “The majority of
studies have shown that NEPs/SEPs [needle exchange programs/syringe
exchange programs] are strongly associated with reductions in the spread of
HIV when used as a component of comprehensive approach to HIV prevention…
In addition to decreasing HIV infected needles in circulation through the
physical exchange of syringes, most NEPs/SEPs are part of a comprehensive
HIV prevention effort that may include education on risk reduction, and
referral to drug addiction treatment, job or other social services, and
these interventions may be responsible for a significant part of the
overall effectiveness of NEPs/SEPs. NEPs/SEPs also provide an opportunity
to reach out to populations that are often difficult to engage in treatment.”

In 2004, this consensus was reinforced by the World Health Organization
(WHO), which stated that the available data “present a compelling case that
needle and syringe programs substantially and cost effectively reduce the
spread of HIV among injection drug users and do so without evidence of
exacerbating injecting drug use at either the individual or societal
level.”  The WHO accordingly recommended that “authorities responsible for
areas threatened by or experiencing an epidemic of HIV infection among IDUs
(injection drug users) should adopt measures urgently to increase the
availability and utilization of sterile injecting equipment and expand
implementation to scale as soon as possible.”

As the single largest funder of global HIV/AIDS programs in the world, the
US carries enormous influence in shaping global approaches to the
epidemic.  Even beyond its role as a donor, many look to the United States
for guidance in the design and implementation of their programs.  The fact
that the United States remains the only country in the world to impose an
explicit ban on federal funding of needle exchange already sets a poor
example to other nations battling severe injection-driven HIV/AIDS
epidemics.  It is more critical than ever that US agencies communicate
accurate information about needle exchange, faithfully represent the public
health consensus supporting these programs, and refrain from standing in
the way of countries, and organizations within its own borders, that wish
to pursue this proven, effective method of prevention.  With so many at
risk for HIV, we need all the tools we have.

Sincerely,

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, New York, NY
GMHC, New York, NY
Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY
Housing Works, New York, NY
Human Rights Watch, New York, NY
North American Syringe Exchange Network, Tacoma, WA
League of Pissed Off Voters, New York, NY
Open Society Institute, New York, NY

the aids walk approaches - 
the ways you can support ending the pandemic abound!
that's the focus of this blog update:

-

email tchaikoomawale@aol.com about donating to the conscious movements
collective documentary Stigma: HIV/AIDS and Youth in NYC!

-

check out www.endaidsnow.org (we endorsed the campaign today)

-

donate to me for the aidswalk (go to www.aidswalk.net/newyork and search team 9124 - LPOV

-

get your org to endorse this letter by emailing tobias@harmreduction.org

May 10, 2005

Ambassador Randall Tobias
Office of the United States Global AIDS Coordinator
US State Department
2201 C Street NW
Washington DC 20522

Dear Ambassador Tobias:

As the US increases its commitment to global HIV prevention efforts, we
write to express our concern about recent reports that US officials have
questioned the efficacy of needle exchange programs and sought to block
support for needle exchange in United Nations resolutions and policy
documents.  As you know, the sharing of syringes by injection drug users is
a major driver of the AIDS epidemic both in the United States and
internationally.  As researchers, practitioners and representatives of
affected populations, we affirm the important role that needle exchange and
other sterile syringe programs play in helping to avert the spread of
HIV/AIDS.

Outside of Africa, an estimated one-third of new HIV infections are
attributed to injection drug use.  In some countries, the proportion is
even higher.  In Russia, as many as 1.2 million people are living with HIV,
with 75 percent of new infections stemming from injection drug
use.  Injection drug use accounts for the majority of HIV/AIDS cases in
Ukraine, all of the Baltic States, the Central Asian Republics, Indonesia,
Nepal, Iran, and Pakistan.  In China, Vietnam and Malaysia, the majority of
those living with HIV are injection drug users. Often, the vast majority of
those infected are under thirty.  Injection driven HIV epidemics
consistently spread faster than sexually transmitted epidemics such as
those found in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 23 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 2003 were attributed
to injection drug use and/or sex with an injection drug user.  This
percentage is higher for women and African American men.  Of all cases
diagnosed through 2003, 53 percent of cases among women and 43 percent
among African American men were attributed to injection drug use or sex
with an injection drug user.

As the US Public Health Service has noted, for injection drug users who
cannot or will not stop using drugs, using sterile syringes remains the
safest and most effective method of HIV prevention.  Medically appropriate
treatment remains out of reach to the vast majority of drug users who need
it: in the United States, one of the world’s richest countries, over 80
percent of those needing treatment for drug abuse as of 2000, did not have
access to it.  At the same time, extensive evaluation and research has
shown that sterile syringe programs can dramatically decrease the spread of
HIV without increasing drug use.  These programs can additionally provide a
bridge to drug treatment services by offering clients with information and
referrals to treatment providers.  No fewer than seven federally-funded
reviews and reports conducted by public health officials, researchers and
US government agencies have concluded that syringe exchange programs are
effective, safe and cost effective.

The efficacy of syringe exchange has recently been affirmed by the US
government’s top scientists.  In an October 7, 2004 letter to Congress,
Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Elias Zerhouni stated,
“Research shows that SEPs [syringe exchange programs], when implemented as
part of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention strategy, can be an effective
public health approach to reduce the spread of HIV and other blood borne
pathogens in the community.” In an August 4, 2004 letter, Director of the
National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Nora Volkow stated, “The majority of
studies have shown that NEPs/SEPs [needle exchange programs/syringe
exchange programs] are strongly associated with reductions in the spread of
HIV when used as a component of comprehensive approach to HIV prevention…
In addition to decreasing HIV infected needles in circulation through the
physical exchange of syringes, most NEPs/SEPs are part of a comprehensive
HIV prevention effort that may include education on risk reduction, and
referral to drug addiction treatment, job or other social services, and
these interventions may be responsible for a significant part of the
overall effectiveness of NEPs/SEPs. NEPs/SEPs also provide an opportunity
to reach out to populations that are often difficult to engage in treatment.”

In 2004, this consensus was reinforced by the World Health Organization
(WHO), which stated that the available data “present a compelling case that
needle and syringe programs substantially and cost effectively reduce the
spread of HIV among injection drug users and do so without evidence of
exacerbating injecting drug use at either the individual or societal
level.”  The WHO accordingly recommended that “authorities responsible for
areas threatened by or experiencing an epidemic of HIV infection among IDUs
(injection drug users) should adopt measures urgently to increase the
availability and utilization of sterile injecting equipment and expand
implementation to scale as soon as possible.”

As the single largest funder of global HIV/AIDS programs in the world, the
US carries enormous influence in shaping global approaches to the
epidemic.  Even beyond its role as a donor, many look to the United States
for guidance in the design and implementation of their programs.  The fact
that the United States remains the only country in the world to impose an
explicit ban on federal funding of needle exchange already sets a poor
example to other nations battling severe injection-driven HIV/AIDS
epidemics.  It is more critical than ever that US agencies communicate
accurate information about needle exchange, faithfully represent the public
health consensus supporting these programs, and refrain from standing in
the way of countries, and organizations within its own borders, that wish
to pursue this proven, effective method of prevention.  With so many at
risk for HIV, we need all the tools we have.

Sincerely,

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, New York, NY
GMHC, New York, NY
Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY
Housing Works, New York, NY
Human Rights Watch, New York, NY
North American Syringe Exchange Network, Tacoma, WA
League of Pissed Off Voters, New York, NY
Open Society Institute, New York, NY

my country songs

i have been writing a lot of country songs lately – all i hear is fiddles, people clapping, spoons even. i wrote this one this morning reading my bob dylan book, inspired by a good friend’s recent fortune in marriage:

all i need is a place somewhere where
i can be with the one i love
such a sweet man you would not believe and
made up of such wondrous stuff
he might tease me and drive me mad
still the best thing i’ve ever had
all i need is a little room
to give him heaven for life

all i need is a winding stair up
to that place no one else can see
with him near my laughter falls down
and i remember the truest me
he might falter in this world of fools
he don’t play by nobody’s rules
but all i need is to love this man
to be his blushing wife

yee haw!

Owning the Amazon

Did yall see this?
People tell me it was censored in the States. I only found it in other languages
(like french, italian, in portuguese).
Brazilian Minister of Education CRISTOVAO BUARQUE is said to
have given this answer (more likea great little speech!) to an American who
asked him a very popular American environmentalist question:  What did he t
hink about making the Amazon an international territory, and taking it off
Brazil’s hands, in order t o protect it (since it’s important to the ENTIRE
planet), etc.  The questioner supposedly said that he’d like the
minister to answer as a humanist and not as a brazilian.  Frankly the
answer is so good, I think this is a hoax, but if dude really kicked it like
this to him, off the top of his head,
wow!
So the minister said, more or
less:
"Indeed as a Brazilian, I have to say I am
against the internationalization of the Amazon.  As much as our
government may have mismanaged it, it’s still OURS.  As a humanist,
thinking about the environmental destruction in t he Amazon, I can imagine that
we would internationalize it since it is important to all humanity.  If,
ethically, the Amazon should be internationalized, let us also internationalize
oil reserves.  Oil is as important to the well-being of humanity as the
Amazon and yet the owners of the reserves retain the right to control them and
control prices.  In the same way, the financial capital of rich countries
should be internationalized.  If the Amazon is a reserve for all human
beings and it cannot be burnt at the will of the country that owns it, then
burning it is as terrible as is unemployment resulting from the arbitrary
decisions of global corporations.  We cannot burn financial reserves of
entire countries either.  Before the Amazon, I’d actually like to see the
internationalization of all great museums.  The Louvre cannot belong only
to France.  Each museum holds the best pieces produced by human genius.
Those can’t be left to the whims of one owner or country.  During the
Millenium Forum here at the UN some diplomats had trouble entering the
border.  I think that New York, as the home of the UN should be
internationalized.  Manhattan should belong to all humanity, as well as
Paris, Venice, Rome, London, Rio, each city with its beauty and world history,
should belong to the entire world.  If the US would like to
internationalize the Amazon rather than leave it to the Brazilians to manage,
let us also internationalize
the nuclear arsenal of the US.  The US has
actually already demonstrated its willingness to use these weapons and cause
destruction thousands of times worse than the burning of florests in
Brazil.  In the presidential debates in the US the candidates proposed
internationalizing forrests in exchange for debt. Let us start to use that debt
to ensure that every child in the world can EAT and go to school.  Let us
internationalize children, treating all of them the same, independent of country
of origin, as belonging to the entire world.  They deserve it more than the
Amazon.  When world leaders treat poor children of the world in that way
they will no longer allow that they work when they should be
studying or that they die when they should
live.
As a humanist I accept the idea of internationalizing
the world.  But as long as the world treats me as a Brazilian, I will fight
so that the Amazon remain ours.  Only
ours."
THE JANINE TRANSLATION IS MORE LIKE
PARAPHRASING!